Careers in mining not so easy

BUNDABERG residents hoping to secure a job in the mining sector may find it harder than expected with a Sunshine Coast man revealing the struggle he has faced.

Scott Rushton says people are being conned into thinking there is an abundance of high-paying mining positions after he spent thousands on related qualification courses and sent off hundreds of job applications to no avail.

All the married father-of-four wants is to get a foot in the door through an entry-level job such as truck driving, but has been left frustrated by the mining companies' cold shoulder.

The 41-year-old former soldier, who has vast experience in the building and construction industry, has not even managed to secure a face-to-face interview despite moving to Mackay for a short time after being told that would improve his chances.

Mr Rushton's broadside at the mining industry follows the huge public interest generated from the staging of Mining and Gas Jobs Expos around the state late last year.

Senior government minister Paul Lucas attended the expo and hailed what he said were the high number of high-paying jobs in the sector.

But after speaking to many other hopefuls during his courses, Mr Rushton said it appeared there were plenty of jobs so long as you already had experience in the industry or knew someone in the sector.

"I've done all the national competency courses for mining, but just can't get a start," he said.



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